The Impact of Group Psychotherapy Based on Quality of Life on Marital Commitment among Infertile Women

Document Type : Original Article


1 Corresponding Author; Instructor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran

3 Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran


The present study has been carried out to investigate the effectiveness of group psychotherapy based on quality of life on marital commitment among infertile women. This is a quasi-experimental research work with pretest–posttest, control group design. The statistical population consisted of all the infertile women in Arak referring to Arak Royan center in 2015-2016. The sample included 32 infertile women who were put in control (n = 16) and experimental (n = 16) groups. The experimental group received 5 weekly 90-minute sessions of psychotherapy based on quality of life, while the control group received no intervention. The collected data were analyzed with SPSS software using covariance analysis. The results indicated that group psychotherapy based on quality of life affected marital commitment of infertile women and led to a significant difference between the experimental and control groups on marital commitment and its components including personal, moral and structural commitment.


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